Rick, Dick and Bill Mackey 1991 Iditarod sports card

Description (Brief)
1991 Iditarod sports card depicting Rick, Dick and Bill Mackey. The Mackey family is well known in the sport of dog sled racing. Dick Mackey was an organizer of the first race in 1973 and one of the first to run in the early races. He won the Iditarod in 1978 by one second and Rick became the first legacy winner in 1983. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is an extreme sports challenge that tests the skill and endurance of competitors while celebrating Alaska’s sled dog culture and history. Teams of 12 to 16 dogs, primarily Alaskan Huskies, and their musher experience harsh terrain and weather conditions during the 1,150 mile run from Anchorage to Nome. In its modern iteration as an extreme sport, the Iditarod takes an intense physical toll not only on the human competitors but also on the sled dogs. The race follows a large network of Native trade and travel routes which travelers used when gold was discovered in the isolated town of Iditarod. This discovery led to a “rush” of miners and settlers from across the country, transforming the trail into the region’s main mail and supply route. The area’s harsh winter conditions made sled dog teams the main source of transportation along the Iditarod Trail and it is this rich history which the Iditarod race celebrates today. In 1978 Congress designated the 2300 mile Iditarod Trail as a National Historic Trail recognizing its importance in the shaping of America. Through its beginnings as a regional story, the Iditarod provides us the opportunity to explore the American Experience through the origins of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and the transformation of the Alaskan sled dog culture into an international sport. The Iditarod is now the largest and most prominent sled dog race in the world, attracting international competitors and world-wide media attention.
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Object Name
sports card, sled dog racing
date made
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Dog Sled racing
related event
Iditarod Sled Dog Race
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Sled Dog Racing
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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